The New Democratic Party (French: Nouveau Parti démocratique), commonly referred to by its acronym NDP in English and NPD in French, is a social-democratic federal political party in Canada.The current leader of the NDP is Thomas Mulcair, who was elected in the 2012 leadership election.
The provincial wings of the NDP in Manitoba and Nova Scotia currently form the governments in those provinces. Provincial parties have previously formed governments in British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan, and the territorial party formed the government in Yukon. In the 2011 federal election under the leadership of Jack Layton, the NDP won the second-most seats in the Canadian House of Commons, gaining the title of Official Opposition for the first time in Canadian ...
Robin MacLachlan is the face of a new breed in Ottawa: NDP corporate lobbyist.
The former NDP staffer works the phones on behalf of 11 clients – including large companies such as Cisco Systems, Nalcor Energy and Nestlé Canada Inc. – and increasingly pops up on political talk shows as an NDP supporter.
He prefers to say he’s in the “government relations” business.
“The word lobbyist has taken on a bit of a pejorative character to it, so for that I may get the odd joke from my social democratic friends, but it’s all in good humour,” ...
New Democratic Party MPs called Thursday for stronger civilian oversight of the Canadian military, saying the Afghan-detainees affair has shown the need for greater transparency and accountability by the Canadian Forces.
They proposed the creation of a civilian office of inspector general, similar to positions in the United States and Australia.
Citing Britain and Australia, they said the existing judge advocate general — the top legal person in the military — should be a civilian, not a member of the armed forces.
The proposals were made at a news conference held by Ottawa MP ...
Jack Layton of the New Democratic Party (NDP) is now the best-ranked federal party leader in Canada, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 29 per cent of respondents approve of Layton’s performance, up three points since February.The approval rating for Canadian prime minister and Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper stands at 26 per cent, down two points in a month. 15 per cent of respondents approve of the way Liberal and Official Opposition leader Michael Ignatieff is handling his duties, also down two points in a month. Canadians renewed the House of Commons in ...
Conservative iPod Tax will be applied retroactively OTTAWA – Today New Democrats slammed the Conservatives for publicly denying the existence of an iPod Tax imposed on imported electronic goods, while privately scheming to impose these taxes retroactively.
“It’s now clear that despite repeated denials, the Conservatives have been meticulously planning to impose a tax on iPods and other electronic goods and apply it retroactively,” said Opposition critic on National Revenue Murray Rankin (Victoria). “What’s worse is the uncertainty that this brings to the business community, which needs well-defined and fair rules to do business efficiently. Can businesses really trust a government that urges them to import goods duty-free and then turns around a few years later asking for a cheque?”
According to the 9948 Fair Treatment Coalition, an organization comprised of many leading Canadian companies, e-mails obtained under the Access to Information Act outline a Conservative government plan to issue duty-free authorisati
Social Security Tribunal patronage bonanza! The Conservative patronage machine has moved into full flight once again. This time they devised a way to appoint more of their friends and insiders – invent more cushy appointments seats!
Here is but a taste of some of the most egregious appointments Conservatives have made so far to the Social Security Tribunal:
Dwayne Provo: failed Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Candidate in 2006 and 2009
Pierre Lafontaine: failed Conservative candidate in Jeanne-Le Ber in 2011
Jean-Philippe Payment: failed Conservative Candidate in Terrebonne-Blainville in 2011
Claude Durand: failed Conservative candidate in Trois-Rivieres in 2008
Alcide Boudreault: failed Conservative candidate in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord in 2004 and 2006
Mark Borer: member of the Don Valley West Conservative Party Riding Association
Oudit Rai: member of the Durham Conservative Riding Association
Dominique M Bellemare: failed Conservative candidate in Beauharnois-Salaberry in 1997, 2008 and 2004
NDP moves to protect independence of key Crown Corporations The NDP is decrying the Conservatives’ attempt to give political officials direct control over employment decisions at the Bank of Canada, the CPP Investment Board, and the CBC with their latest omnibus bill, Bill C-60.
“This is a barefaced attempt by the Conservatives to control the Bank of Canada, the CBC and other Crown corporations by threatening wage and benefit cuts or termination for employees who don’t toe the government line,” said NDP Finance critic Peggy Nash (Parkdale–High Park). “The Conservatives are putting the Bank of Canada’s independence at risk.”
NDP MPs are tabling motions to examine Bill C-60’s impact on journalistic independence at the CBC, research and monetary policy at the Bank of Canada, and trading activities at the CPP Investment Board. While Crown corporations are intended to operate without direct political control, Bill C-60 would permit the Treasury Board to interfere in bargaining with unionized employees or impose employme
Statement by NDP MP Jasbir Sandhu (Surrey North), on the anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident Today marks the day in 1914 when the Komagata Maru, a ship carrying 376 Indian passengers arrived in Vancouver seeking refuge. Due to discriminatory laws, passengers were prevented from disembarking and the ship remained in Burrard Inlet for two months before it was sent back. While the ship was in port, passengers were denied basic necessities, including food and water.
In order to close this dark chapter of Canadian history and lay the foundation for healing, last May the NDP introduced a motion and launched a national petition campaign, widely supported by the Indo-Canadian community calling on the Harper government to issue an official apology in the House of Commons.
We were all deeply disappointed when the Conservatives rejected this opportunity to make amends for their previous insincere apology and forge a new beginning.
On this the 99th anniversary of that sad day, New Democrats are renewing our call for the Conservative government to do the right thing and i